What does intervention mean?

Definitions for intervention
ˌɪn tərˈvɛn ʃənin·ter·ven·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intervention, intercessionnoun

    the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.)

    "it occurs without human intervention"

  2. intervention, interferencenoun

    a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries

  3. interposition, interventionnoun

    the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others

  4. interventionnoun

    (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress; admission of person not an original party to the suit so that person can protect some right or interest that is allegedly affected by the proceedings

    "the purpose of intervention is to prevent unnecessary duplication of lawsuits"

  5. treatment, interventionnoun

    care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)


  1. Interventionnoun

    Any interference that may affect the interests of others; especially, of one or more states with the affairs of another; -- the intervention of one state in the affairs of another is typically unwelcome by the state being intervened in, but some cases of mediation between states may be called intervention. Opposed to nonintervention.


  1. interventionnoun

    The action of intervening; interfering in some course of events.

  2. interventionnoun

    A legal motion through which a person or entity who has not been named as a party to a case seeks to have the court order that they be made a party.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Interventionnoun

    Etymology: intervention, Fr. interventio, Latin.

    God will judge the world in righteousness by the intervention of the man Christ Jesus, who is the Saviour as well as the judge of the world. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    In the dispensation of God's mercies to the world, some things he does by himself, others by the intervention of natural means, and by the mediation of such instruments as he has appointed. Roger L'Estrange.

    Sound is shut out by the intervention of that laxe membrane, and not suffered to pass into the inward ear. William Holder.


  1. Intervention

    Intervention is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It is the third single released from the band's second full-length album, Neon Bible. The single was released to digital retailers on December 28, 2006, and was released as a 7" vinyl in the UK under Rough Trade Records on May 21, 2007. In the US, it was released on July 10, 2007, under Merge Records. The B-side of the vinyl includes a cover of another song from Neon Bible, "Ocean of Noise", performed by Calexico. Arcade Fire performed "Intervention" on Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2007. The song was covered by the operatic soprano Renée Fleming in her 2010 album Dark Hope. The song is also featured as the opening theme for the satirical YouTube livestream programs Jesus Chatline and Buddhism Hotline. The song was listed at #271 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 songs of the 2000s".


  1. intervention

    Intervention refers to the act of stepping in or taking action in order to address or prevent a problem, harm, or undesirable situation. It typically involves deliberate efforts aimed at making positive changes, providing support, or modifying behaviors in individuals, groups, or communities. Intervention can take various forms, such as counseling, therapy, education, or enforcement, and is often intended to promote well-being, recovery, or improved outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interventionnoun

    the act of intervening; interposition

  2. Interventionnoun

    any interference that may affect the interests of others; especially, of one or more states with the affairs of another; mediation

  3. Interventionnoun

    the act by which a third person, to protect his own interest, interposes and becomes a party to a suit pending between other parties

  4. Etymology: [L. interventio an interposition: cf. F. intervention.]


  1. Intervention

    An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis, or other serious problem. The term intervention is most often used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs or other items. Intervention can also refer to the act of using a similar technique within a therapy session. Interventions have been used to address serious personal problems, including, but not limited to, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, drug abuse, compulsive eating and other eating disorders, self harm and being the victim of abuse.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. intervention

    Action taken to divert a unit or force from its track, flight path, or mission.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intervention' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3097

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intervention' in Nouns Frequency: #1213

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intervention in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intervention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of intervention in a Sentence

  1. Samantha Meltzer-Brody:

    Most people in the world have access to a telephone, this study, while small, suggests that peer phone counseling could be a very effective, widespread public health intervention.

  2. Mortality Weekly Report:

    No single intervention is sufficient ; reducing pregnancy-related deaths requires reviewing and learning from each death, improving women's health, and reducing social inequities across the life span, as well as ensuring quality care for pregnant and postpartum women.

  3. De Kerchove:

    So maybe a human's intervention is needed. So you cannot just let the machine do it.

  4. Anthony Wells:

    Some have portrayed Obama's intervention as backfiring - I wouldn't go that far but this poll does suggest that Obama hasn't given the remain team a boost at all, it hasn't been a game changer, it hasn't shifted opinion - it hasn't really made much difference at all.

  5. Daniel Sandweiss:

    It's fascinating to think what impact human intervention can have even through the depth of time.

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